19 July 2019

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International Viewpoint, the monthly English-language magazine of the Fourth International, is a window to radical alternatives world-wide, carrying reports, analysis and debates from all corners of the globe. Correspondents in over 50 countries report on popular struggles, and the debates that are shaping the left of tomorrow.
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The Fall of Sudan's “Morsisi”

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 09:08

The Sudanese people just toppled their longtime autocratic leader, Omar al-Bashir. It's a confirmation that the revolutionary ferment of the Arab Spring didn't die out in 2011.

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Strike, demonstration, blockades ... for a Social Spring

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 08:04

According to the daily Le Parisien Macron is "washed out", "not far from being burnt out" ... A large part of the Macronian young guard has already left, and against a backdrop of a persistent contestation, with Act 20 of the Yellow Vests and mobilizations in the education sector, the government still does not know how to get out of his Great Debate ...

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Spanish state: a revived Eurocommunism vs centrist populism

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:48

A few days after the public announcement [on 17 January] that an agreement had been reached between the Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, and Íñigo Errejón around the platform Más Madrid for the forthcoming municipal elections, as well as the scathing response from Pablo Iglesias (not to mention that of his organisational secretary, Pablo Echenique), it is evident that the Podemos we have known over the last five years has come to an end.

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Why work-to-rule is a mobilising act on Ukraine's railways

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 16:55

In May 2018, Ukraine's railway workers took an unprecedented stand against deathtrap conditions. Six months on, I went to found out what's changed.

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With new position on secularism, Quebec Solidaire redefines left-wing politics in the province

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:27

Party seeks to reclaim secularism from conservative political trends in Quebec

- IV531 - April 2019 /

On the Deir Yassin Massacre Anniversary

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 18:36

The Israeli election on April 9, 2019 will coincide with the anniversary of the massacre of the Arab village of Deir Yassin, a turning point in the mass flight of Palestinians during the 1948 war (the Nakba, or catastrophe). According to establishment historiography, this massacre was carried out by the extreme rightwing Irgun militia — the military arm of the party that gave rise to today's governing Likud — but the truth is more complicated to say the least.

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Outsourcing Exploitation to Europe's Periphery

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 10:42

Most people probably associate outsourcing and subcontracting, whereby a company pays another company (usually in a country where wages and labour standards are significantly lower) to produce its goods which it then resells for a profit, with the clothing and electronics factories of China and Southeast Asia. While “Made in Korea” and even “Made in Japan” were once synonymous with cheap, mass-produced goods in the West in the 1960s and 1970s, today “Made in China” or “Made in Bangladesh” stand for low wages, cheap goods, and hyper-exploitation along the global value chain. Whether basketball jerseys, DVD players, or laptop computers, the disposable consumer lifestyle prevalent across the industrialized world is made possible by externalizing production costs onto poorly paid workers in the global periphery.

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Mexico: a victorious general strike in 92 maquiladoras

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 06:47

Long live the victorious strikes of Matamoros!

- IV531 - April 2019 /

For a sovereign constituent assembly, the struggle continues!

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:39

Workers, young people, women and the popular masses as a whole have just snatched, after more than 40 days of strikes and unprecedented mass demonstrations, a precious and historic first victory by forcing the departure on 2 April 2019 of Bouteflika – the embodiment of an oligarchic, authoritarian, quasi-monarchical liberal regime subject to the interests of imperialist foreign powers.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Système dégage!

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 18:13

Surprise after surprise in Algeria: President Bouteflika appointed the general who wanted to remove him as minister, before announcing his own resignation on 2 April 2019. Kamel Aïssat, an activist in the Parti socialiste des travailleurs (Socialist Workers' Party, Algerian section of the Fourth International), explained the situation to Sam Wahch and Antoine Larrache of the NPA newspaperl l'Anticapitaliste on 1 April 2019.

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Those who are fighting back are in danger

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 06:39

Brazilian feminist activist Taliria Petrone talks to Sebastien Brulez about the struggle today against the reactionary government of Jair Bolsonaro and the political assassination of her comrade Marielle Franco last year

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Venezuela : "It will be difficult to make us bend"

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 09:34

Martín Mosquera interviewed Stalin Pérez Borges on February 2, 2019

- IV531 - April 2019 /

Strike at Electrolux in Romania: “The boss's strategy is to starve us!”

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:27

Since 4 March, the 460 workers of the Swedish giant Electrolux's subsidiary in Satu Mare, in northwestern Romania, have been on strike. As working conditions deteriorate with unbearable rates of work or temperature variations of 30 degrees in the factory, the strikers are demanding a gross increase of 650 Lei (137 euros), or nearly 40% of their salary for many of them.

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Women's stories from the frontline of Sudan's revolution must be told

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:21

Women are leading Sudan's revolt against religious fundamentalism. As in Egypt and Saudi Arabia they face a violent backlash. But they must win.

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From the individual "me too" to the collective "us too" Me Too: A movement for women workers too!

Sat, 03/30/2019 - 12:58

It has been more than two years since the emergence of the Me Too movement that unveiled the enormous extent of sexual harassment in the workplace and gender-based sexual violence around the world! Not at all ephemeral, this movement does not stop surprising us. Not only does it persist and now extends to all continents, but it also evolves from a virtual phenomenon on the Internet to a real social movement of the 21st century. And above all, it becomes the banner of workers provoking victorious mobilizations of historical dimensions against two gigantic multinationals of the most merciless capitalism...

- 3. Women /

Bhagat Singh

Sat, 03/30/2019 - 07:44

Revolutionary struggles erupt with their own dynamics. The legacies, such struggles leave behind are often symbolised by iconic figures. According to the mainstream myths, Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru and other such leaders belonging to the native bourgeois fostered by the Raj led anti-colonial struggle in the Indian subcontinent.

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